• 29
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Kia Soul'ster

The Kia Soul has people talking. Specifically, you. Kia's media presentation here in Detroit highlighted feedback from the Autoblog commentariat. No, we didn't know in advance, but you won't hear us complaining either. However, the star of the show for Kia wasn't the Soul -- it's a new concept derived from the boxy people-mover.

After some dancing fanfare involving large placards, the Kia Soul'ster drove onstage. Put simply, it's cool. The two-door design study looks like a pickup from the side, but the "cab" is open-air, much like the old Isuzu Amigo. Pretty much everything on the car is manual: the gearbox, the window cranks, and the two-piece canvas roof. Other details set it apart from its wagonoid brother, such as a slightly chopped roofline and dual exhausts with carbon fiber sleeves. The roof lamps integrated into the roll bars are a nice touch, too. Cantilevered seats mounted off the center console free up storage room beneath them, and there's a small cargo space aft of the second row. The Soul'ster's meant to be an economical four-cylinder, tarmac-only, front-wheel-drive plaything whose primary mission is fun. It sure looks the part, so now the ball's in Kia's court. Do they have the stones to actually follow through and build something like this? Tell them what you think below. One thng's certain: they'll be reading.



Photos copyright ©2009 Alex Núñez / Weblogs, Inc.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 29 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the reincarnation of the Suzuki Samurai.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funky. I can dig it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You dig the girly truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i love it. very cool style. very fresh design. i hope you bring it to market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nasty
      • 6 Years Ago
      Build it.

      Reminds me alot of Jeeps interior layout...amd most of them never saw dirt either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      THIS is how to do a small unibody pickup right. Kudos KIA!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Kia Soul'ster. Currently, I have no interest in any Kia currently built. If this vehicle got good fuel economy, kept the two backseats, and fared well in crash tests, it would be the only Kia that would interest me.

      I see this as a toylike, convertible pickup with traits of off-road vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, and therefore it would compete for my interest against the most fuel-efficient trucks, including the Toyota A-BAT. I would lose interest quickly if this were made like a crossover SUV. The rear roll bars are an absolute necessity to pique my curiosity (safety reasons), as are manual windows. I would prefer an automatic transmission, however.

      The back seats should function like a midgate, and the bed should be capable of being at least five feet long. Good IIHS scores would be quite nice.

      I like the Kia Soul'ster, it's cute and toylike with just a hint of Tonka truck type toughness. I hope you build this fairly close to the concept vehicle, and that I could consider being a customer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      KIA if you build this, I will come.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If Kia builds this, I will puke.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia made a mistake admitting they read the blogs. Now they welcomed all the trolls out there to come and post negative comments about Soulster. I hope they won't take them too seriously.

      I think it's a great trendy car. Practical and cool. I would assume it will be cheap too. I can see this selling like hotcakes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was just going to say that. Nice call. All the retards that need to justify their existence yelling "FAIL" will be happy to oblige.

        Since Kia already has one vehicle with a small audience, the Borrego, let's see if they'll go for this one. The upside here is huge. I'll be happy to test drive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks production-ready, except for the seats, which would probably be replaced with a flat-backed version, for a flat load floor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Build it! Really bet it will sell as there's not much competition in the open air vehcile segment. If it's stable and keeps the roll bar, then it looks safer than a convertible. Looks like a smaller more efficient toyota fj that opens up like the old toyota landcruisers, albeit it prob wont be an off-road cruiser, but then, how many fj cruisers actually ever make it off the pavement?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Id love for Kia to actually build this, I would seriously consider this for a first vehicle for me and the wifey.

      BUILD IT!
    • Load More Comments